The Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circles (IRCCs) were formed in 2002, against the backdrop of the Sep 11 attacks of the twin towers, to provide a platform for community, especially religious leaders to have regular interactions so as to deepen friendships and build trust over time.
Currently, there is one IRCC in every constituency. IRCCs will be positioned as key inter-faith platforms at the local level to respond quickly to incidents with racial and religious dimensions, and to project solidarity on the ground.
The IRCC is under the purview of the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports.
- IRCCs aim to foster friendships and build trust amongst people during peace time so that we can withstand challenges and strains on our social cohesion during crisis.
- In a crisis, IRCCs be the key links to disseminate information, soothe and minimise communal tension, and maintain public confidence.